Artist and Flippant Dadaist
Marcus Clarke's Contact
'Puppet TV Graffiti' page. (Marcus has Canadian permanent residence status.)
“Affectionate anarchy". Divergent Art.
I'm interested in what's ritual, funny and loss.
I don't know why?
I'm Imbuing objects and images with some of the qualities of a puppet, primarily irreverence and the illusion of life, I'm 'Puppetising' things.
|Materials. I use Drawings,
images on card or canvas. Real objects and clothing as a base and then
add to them using my Puppet Making materials and techniques.
Puppet props and Costumes. Bits and bobs.
Marcus Clarke Self Portrait 4. (right) Pencil, Graphite Pen, Charcoal on Paper with Shirt, Foam, Faux Fur and sculpted and cast styrene Eyeball. Button, hairgrips, feathers and Shoelace on Foam Board.
Influences. As well as Puppetry and History, irreverence and the illusion of life. I am also interested in so called Secret Societies, hidden knowledge, Freemasonry and Symbolism. Labels.
|Homeless in the Puppetised City Project
is underway for my major new Exhibition in the City of Nottingham,
Easter 2014. 12x new large Canvas based Puppetised works of Nottingham
City Buildings are being created to be stared at by a lonely homeless
Puppet child in an instillation style Exhibition that includes video
There will also be accompanying and complementing family Building image
based Puppetising activity workshops.
|Completed Puppetised works will
feature in Nottingham Arts Magazine Left Lion in the run up to the
Exhibition as below have already done. Printed
NTU’S NEWTON AND ARKWRIGHT BUILDING
(Click image to see creation video)
“I applied to an arts foundation course at Trent in the 70's. They wouldn't have me as I had no GCSE's. "Art is an academic subject you see". Although I could do art and draw I didn't understand it they said. What they meant was that I didn't read and write about it. So I did a really useful year at Mansfield College of Art instead. I'm grateful to Trent Poly now NTU for turning me down all those years ago as I don't think I would have had the career I have, had they taught me to understand art and analyse what I was doing. Now they just have me back as an occasional lecturer instead.”
#2 NOTTINGHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Click image to see creation video)
I nearly died in this Hospital. Some did, mostly at night. Whatever the medicine was that I was on I spent most of my time there hallucinating. No matter how poorly I really was, I thought I was Superman. I did not even need the Loo. I was above all that. I had a rude awakening upon my discharge.
Accompanying Family Building Puppetisation Workshop developed tested and delivered to excellent evaluation, ready for roll out. See Educational
Canadian/British Project Ancient to Modern. In a childs footsteps. Details
About this work. Bow Street Buttons.
At the top of the now closed down Bow Street Magistrates Court there is written a date, 1879. At that time my Grt. Grt. Grt. Grandfather and three generations of his family were living close by. Working as Greengrocers on the Markets, including Covent Garden. He himself became a Weights Tester for the LCC in 1897. They would all have known this Building well though I never knew any of them. So I filled the boarded up door with Pearl and Gold Buttons. Pearls being a Cockney emblem for deal making and Gold for the profit in it.
I'm an artist and an artiste. My contemporary Artwork has developed considerably since I first returned to it in 2010. Having enjoyed a successful 20+ year Puppetry and Performing Arts sabbatical and I'm currently exploring and incorporating a few new Semiotic ideas into my 'Puppetising'. (Spelt with an s or a z) Including Victor Shklovsky's assertion that; Art's key function is estrangement, defamiliarization or 'making strange'. What many Semioticians call denatuturalization.
This is something that can potentially show ideology at work. That 'reality' can be challenged.
In populist business terms, I am a unique artist who has spotted both a gap in the market and an emerging one.
Gap in the Market. As a Nottingham based and originating Independent Artist I provide a distinct arts offer. I'm not a local University graduate or teacher, something that if you subscribe to some of the ideas of Sir Ken Robinson delivers convergent thinkers and thinking, whereas most art is created by divergent thinkers and thinking. Nor am I associated with our local Galleries as many Nottingham Artists are. Something that can lead to groupthink. So, I add to our arts diversity. Offering my audiences a completely original arts experience.
Emerging Market. I am embedded in probably man’s oldest art form, Puppetry, as a Puppet Maker and a Puppeteer. Yet also in mans' newest art form, digital media, as a TV, Film and new media creative. Puppetry and Digital Media are art forms on the rise, of growing popular and educational interest. My PuppetTVGraffiti Contemporary Art blends them to create a new art form and practice, Puppetisation, exploring old and new ideas to innovate and advance both as well as Contemporary Art itself.
The front Cover of June/July 2011 Nottingham Culture Magazine 'LeftLion' Created by Marcus Clarke.
Inside is an interview with Marcus Clarke. Interview
LeftLion Shoot Video
Previous LeftLion Article. Previous
InTouch Magazine interview
BBC Articles and Radio Interviews. BBC
Childhood Short Stories page
Gallery International Postcard Show 2013
January 16th to February 2nd 2013
FAB Fringe Arts Bath 2012. Mis-in-Formation.
Three Works including 'Aproval needed'.
Marcus works at the deconstructive interface of iconic imagery and innovative artistic practice. He playfully détourns or high jacks or subverts iconic images to give them a different meaning. His work plays with the pieces of given aesthetic images and adds and subtracts visual cues to provide a different horizon of possibilities in the image.
In this way his work moves from the image to the gesture. Following Giorgio Agembem's work on the use of Cinema as creating space to take images to a gestural politics. For example, his representation of the iconic image of Nottingham Council House has been détourned to change the meaning to a playful and humorous deconstructive reading of the role and function of civic buildings generally and Nottingham's identity specifically.
His contemporary development shows a significant movement from artistic animation and creation, to an aesthetic of flippant-dadaism, a powerful yet playful project of creative destruction to produce auratic art.
Marcus makes a telling and significant contribution to contemporary aesthetic production and consumption, and makes a significant impact, amongst a variety of stakeholders, with his auratic art. Dr. Adam Barnard.
As a Visual Artist and Curator I have delved into the work of Marcus Clarke for his interesting perspectives on his works politically, geographically and for his alternative observations. His work is playful but also omits a familiar reasoning. As a fellow resident in Nottingham, it is interesting to see Marcus being involved and speaking for the mass in terms of 'defamiliarization' where one has to disown their prior knowledge to return to it and embrace anew. It is this connection where I engage in his creative development as an evolving artist whose work encompasses the social state with a humorous and nonconforming approach. His energy and pro-activeness consistently offers an unpredictable view of his work. Diana Ali. http://www.dianaali.com/
Jacket's Project page
Thursday Night and
A Rose by any other name
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